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  • “Little by little, a little becomes a lot.” –Tanzanian Proverb

    My friend Katie and I started writing a poem a day on the 25th April of this year. I’ve been filling my Orra notebook with them. We have well over 200 poems between us! Each day I put an envelope in my mailbox and lift the flag, feels like a solidly good start. As always, there is so much magic in the little things!


    On My Desk, Potatoes!

    A little On My Desk for this weekend! I usually use an Almond Mini Sendak, but today I borrowed spice – a new one – crispy clean and on my messy desk.

    “Little by little, a little becomes a lot.” –Tanzanian Proverb

    My friend Katie and I started writing a poem a day on the 25th April of this year. I’ve been filling my Orra notebook with them. We have well over 200 poems between us! Each day I put an envelope in my mailbox and lift the flag, feels like a solidly good start. As always, there is so much magic in the little things!

    Potato Dreams

    In my dream,
    there were potatoes.
    Not in my dream, too.
    Potatoes.
    I moved the dirt,
    and found a potato.
    Red. Red. Dirt. Potato.
    Red. Yellow. Dirt. Potato.
    Abundance, from old,
    forgotten potatoes.
    Under the horseradish,
    potatoes.
    In the sea of dirt,
    and slugs,
    and roots,
    potatoes.
    Red. Red. Dirt. Potato.
    An endless abundance
    moves into dreams,
    like Tetris.
    Potatoes.

    I wanted to write about
    death,
    grief,
    illness,
    but instead,
    I write about potatoes.
    Sometimes we must follow the current is all.
    We can’t always make waves.

    18 August 2023

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    Solvitur Ambulando Ring
    The Saver Pouch
    Iris Painter’s Palette
    Orra Sketchbooks

    Keep your notebook next to your bed for midnight scribbles!

    Autumn Colors: What Remains! 

    After a sweltering summer, we are feeling the cool of Autumn near – near you?
     

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    Fog
    What’s Left: Autumn Colors

    The Classic Tote

    The Keeper Pouch
    The Marlowe Carryall

     

    Red Maple

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    The Small Hunter Satchel

    The Maker Pouch
    The Finch Satchel

     

    Birch

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    The Seaside Tote

    The Hunter Satchel
    The Mini Tote


    Everywhere, Astonishments!

    This Chestnut Delight was left in our Philadelphia building with other delicious pieces of old furniture in various states of over-use and decline. This one was missing her bottom rails, and the drawers drifted down, heavy with neglect. I scrubbed her clean and Bartram-Balmed her, whilst Walter chiseled out broken tenons and sistered antique oak and chestnut in place.

    How I love Frankensteined objects, and how they live on! Hoorah!

    And whilst celebrating potatoes, I am reminded of the chapter celebrating them in Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire.

    As always, if you have any questions, just comment below! 
    –Margaux

    On My Desk, Potatoes! Little By Little, A Little Becomes a Lot.

    On My Desk, Potatoes! A little On My Desk for this weekend! I usually use a...

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  • We’ve returned home from a summer of endless on-the-going to bountiful messes. I look forward to being here for a while, to making sense of the mayhem, to writing about our adventures, and to making new treasures. I welcome walking, gardening, and autumn cleaning, and all of the head clearing that they bring! It feels a lot like our early days again!


    Settling in at Home, after a Summer Full of Adventures!

    We’ve returned home from a summer of endless on-the-going to bountiful messes. I look forward to being here for a while, to making sense of the mayhem, to writing about our adventures, and to making new treasures. I welcome walking, gardening, and autumn cleaning, and all of the head clearing that they bring! It feels a lot like our early days again!

    The Barn
    We are slowly making space and (too) quickly piling up possibilities inside and out. It all reminds me of one of those plastic number games – move this here, so that that can move there...


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    Our palettes!
    Charming old systems.
    Lots of Scout Plein Air Boxes!
    Classics remain!

    Last Chance Bags! 

    With our recent move from our Philadelphia Shop to our West Chester Barn, we have discontinued many of our classics. What remains is in stock and ready to ship.

    Our bags are always the first to leap off of the shelves, so despite making a large inventory of Weekenders and Rogues before leaving our Philadelphia workshop, the numbers are dwindling!

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    The Rogue Backpack
    The Weekender

     

    What’s Left in Our Home Collection! 

    We started Peg and Awl with so many of these home goods meant to amplify the small spaces in our Philadelphia row home. When we moved to the Five Acre Wood, we brought everything with us, as they are timeless and work in a variety of spaces. Click through to see what remains and pick up something you've been contemplating – once something is sold out, we will not make more!

    Many, but not all, of the the wood products are on sale.

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    Mess Hall Knife Rack
    Baguette Board
    Cutting and Serving Boards
    Apothecary Caddy


    We have some Mystery Boxes left!

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    The Essentials Kitchen
    Silas sorting treasures for Mystery Boxes!

     

     


    We launched our new ring!

    Solvitur Ambulando: “It is solved by walking.”

    We thank you for the warm reception and delightful emails – we've already started to make a second batch of rings!

    Our Solvitur Ambulando ring is inspired by the endlessness of walking’s cures. I am ever in awe of how walking helps bring forth thoughts thought to cure idea-lessness, and conversely, how it distills abundance into a place to begin. How it settles listlessness, dulls irritation, and softens anger, and how it extracts tears when needed – walking always knows. Most of all, I am delighted daily at walking’s ability to illuminate the magic in everyday things!

    Also, Gold is back! Now that we are settling into the new workshop at the barn, we are making gold jewelry again! All gold jewelry is made to order, which may take up to 4 weeks before shipping.

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    Solvitur Ambulando waxes.
    This cozy basement jewelry studio is a dream. Walter is wearing our Franklin Maker’s Apron.


    Everywhere, Astonishments!
     

    Since moving to the 5 Acre Wood, I’ve been going to local plant swaps*. I’ve learned so much and have traded a variety of plants. These Black and Brown Eyed Susans, which have now replaced thousands of Day Lilies, came from an incredibly rainy swap weekend in early Spring. *I’ve had to partake in Facebook for this – a worthwhile sacrifice.

     

    As always, if you have any questions, just comment below! 
    –Margaux

    Returning to Home and Studio After a Summerful of Adventures!

    Settling in at Home, after a Summer Full of Adventures! We’ve returned home...

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  • Movement brings words to life, ideas to life, and life to life! It clarifies and distills and cleanses. It extracts and then magnifies the magic. How different I would be without all this walking! How different would you be? Pray tell.

    Here at Peg and Awl, we celebrate the little things – we always have. We celebrate stories, craftsmanship, materials, old things, fragments, movement, thought, wondering and wandering. Everything we make has a story; we hope you enjoy this one!


    NEW Solvitur Ambulando Ring!
    “It is solved by walking!” 

    I am a walker. I’ve always been a walker. My mom was a walker, too. We walked to get groceries (Monkee’s walk there, awkward schlep home), we walked through the woods on road trip adventures, laughing uncontrollably, and we meandered through our neighborhoods. I put miles on my legs before that, walking back and forth betwixt my parent’s homes – my grey, pointy-cornered, double-cassette player bruising my thighs and knees as I walked and sang with The Ramones, The Cure, and The Violent Femmes. Later, I’d uncover that walking whilst reading would make me a better reader. How I’d gulp down volumes and laugh and cry and talk out loud to my books having discovered details that stayed with me as I read, unlike before when I’d drift... I simultaneously strengthened my other senses, becoming hyper aware of obstacles as I ambulated. I know which books I’ve read in the rain, or whilst traveling, as they are swollen with the experiences of movement and weather. When Søren was a baby and Walter was in Iraq, Søren and I walked for miles together as I read out loud, Søren’s little face betwixt mine and the book.

    But somehow, in our country, it still feels like a secret only a few of us are in on. As a family, we walk to ease our full bellies and ramble on about the day’s explorations or discoveries, and we bicker. For all the homes we pass, we see the same few movers wandering about: there are the dog walkers who are most abundant, the couples who’ve been walking together for decades, the rapping runner, and the lone walkers. There are bikers and joggers and mothers with babies in strollers, too, who pass by now and again, but they change.

    Movement brings words to life, ideas to life, and life to life! It clarifies and distills and cleanses. It extracts and then magnifies the magic. How different I would be without all this walking! How different would you be? Pray tell.

    Here at Peg and Awl, we celebrate the little things – we always have. We celebrate stories, craftsmanship, materials, old things, fragments, movement, thought, wondering and wandering. Everything we make has a story; we hope you enjoy this one!

    This is long – over two years – in the making! Be it reminder, celebration, both and more, our Solvitur Ambulando ring is finally here in recycled Gold, Silver, and Bronze*.

    *Gold: (14K yellow gold)
    Silver: (hypo-allergenic 925)
    Bronze: (an alloy that can give your hands a flair with tinges of green, less in cooler months)


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    Working through the art and the lettering for the ring.
    My walking companion finds her way in, of course.

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    Our ring is made by hand – carved from wax, engraved, cast, and finished in our Barn Studio. Each ring and size has different nuances giving them the feeling of having been dug up after centuries underground!

    We are making all of our jewelry in our Barn Studio now!

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    This ring comes in a Muslin Bag with belly band...
    ...or inside an engrave-able jewelry box!
    The silver tree coming out of casting with the investment ready to be fizzled away!
    A tree of Solvitur Ambulando rings ready to be cut away and finished!

    Gold is Back! 

    Now that we are settling into the new workshop at the barn, we are making gold jewelry again! All gold jewelry is made to order, which may take up to 4 weeks before shipping.

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    Everywhere, Astonishments!

    Night Walks: The ring works! I put one ring on Claire, an aspiring walker, (mine was already on), and we were off for a 3 mile night walk! These photographs are from our summer night walk — misty and even coolish, despite the day's sodden and heavy heat. I didn’t capture the creature sounds, which were perhaps even more astonishing!

    Book: The Walk by Robert Walser

    My Dad: Though I didn’t walk with him until this decade – my dad, who will be 80 this year, is also a walker. Or has become one – walking 50 miles a week!

    Our NEW Ring is Here! Solvitur Ambulando – “It is solved by walking.”

    NEW Solvitur Ambulando Ring!“It is solved by walking!”  I am a walker. I’v...

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  • Liberty’s Library shared this wonderful video of her Sendak Artist Roll!

     

    Press: The Sendak Artist Roll | Youtube Review by Liberty’s Library

    Liberty’s Library shared this wonderful video of her Sendak Artist Roll!  

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  • The pileup is usually an effective way of moving us into high speed. We will open our barn doors tomorrow, for the first time, as a Peg and Awl storefront! It will also be filled with our art, which is most often squirreled away under our rounded bodies as we scribble, cut, or swish with whatever materials are at hand upon our pages.


    Smudge and Other Pandemic Pages

    “If you like to write or draw or dance or sing, do it because it’s great: as long as we’re playing around like that, we don’t feel lonely, and our hearts warm up.”
    –from The Woman Who Killed the Fish by Clarice Lispector

     

    I’ve been making books and filling them for as long as I can remember. The books pile up – a slow and steady drip of ink on paper that may someday push us out of our home. One of the gifts of the pandemic is a clear time frame. I’ve decided to go back into my journals – specifically, into the pandemic pages, to see what I could find. I found the patterns of our lives on repeat, everything obsessively documented as if we wouldn’t live without record of it. I found Pearl, and plants, grief and illness, disappearance and disappointment, homeschooling, camping, movement, and details so small I needed the quiet of a pandemic to experience them. It is a strange vocation, to be this kind of capturer of the quotidian.

    “What is the conversation?” asks Claire, a few times. Conversation? I don’t know how to answer that. The conversation is on the pages, extracted from life, fragments rearranged, stories imagined, reimagined. Patterns, tatters. Is there ever an actual anything, or is everything imagined? There isn’t a conversation – there are infinite conversations and there are no conversations. It depends on who stands in front of what, and where. It depends on who is next to them. How engaged they are. How curious. It depends on what I say here, if anything, and whether you read it. Will you?

    Just before the pandemic, I chose a word for the year, for 2020: The word was lightness. I wrote:

    “My word for the year is lightness. I love this idea of finding a word to live alongside. So far, (so early but so far), it has freed me from the fear of not making the right marks. It has led me to say yes to a wintry adventure at the seashore where with wet knees and raisoned fingers, we searched for Cape May diamonds with the enthusiasm of children whilst the actual children played with drones, dipped their feet (and pants) into the frigid water, gathered a few specimens, and made their way back to the warm car. These are things that I love, but the weight of obligation and difference and the world’s expectations make it difficult to be so light. The more I forget this, the longer I sit. The longer I sit, the heavier I get – the weight of the dust settling upon me. Lightness. The word, my companion, reminds me to hover and to float – to move and to keep moving.”

    It was the right choice, this word, and it came just in time.

    From A Tear and A Seed
    A sneaky peek!
    The Things That I remember Are Not in These Photographs
    SMUDGE! Left-handed (non-dominant) hand drawings.
    A Tear and A Seed... drawings from a book I didn’t illustrate.
    A stack of my smudge journals!

    Our First Storefront! 

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    “...the impeded stream is the one that sings.”
    –from Our Real Work by Wendell Berry

    The pileup is usually an effective way of moving us into high speed. We will open our barn doors tomorrow, for the first time, as a Peg and Awl storefront! It will also be filled with our art, which is most often squirreled away under our rounded bodies as we scribble, cut, or swish with whatever materials are at hand upon our pages.

    We are still scrambling, but hope you come by and say hey! Email us for the address or find it at the Chester County Studio Tour website. Parking is limited – if ours is filled, park in the nearby neighborhood! If I have time, I’ll mow some roadside invasives for side-of-the-road parking.

    Pouches!
    We have a new batch of A Rural Pen ink!
    Seaside Tote, Caddies, &c.
    Some of our Last Chance waxed canvas bags are in the storefront!
    New Prints from A Tear and A Seed (coming soon to our website, maybe...) 
    We will stock our jewelry in this old treasure!

    Walter, Søren, and Silas!

    We are still working and will share updates on Instagram! 

    Søren has been working on this gigantic map for months! Come see it in progress or on Instagram @sorenscoutkent

    Silas has been working with Copic markers and recently has been drawing cars, an interest he shares with his Pop – his grandfather!
    Walter will be sharing portraits and landscapes in oil and pencil. He is still navigating his space! @pegandawlbuilt and @pegandawl

     


    Everywhere, Astonishments!

    The Chester County Studio Tour features 200 artists including one of my very favourite humans – Claire Rosen, at her home, Warwick Furnace Farm. 
    Heidi, whom I trust I’ll meet in person someday, is another wondrous being whom I am grateful to know. This book is gorgeous. Her language, exploration, and connection to the earth has inspired me for years. Now, in book form, tis utter magic!

    County Studio Tour 2023 | Peg and Awl

    Smudge and Other Pandemic Pages “If you like to write or draw or dance or s...

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  • Becky Tregear Art shared this wonderful video of her father painting en plein air with his Scout Plein Air Box, along with another very thoughtful video review!

    Becky Tregear Art shared this wonderful video of her father painting en plein air with his Scout Plein Air Box!

    Becky also shared this very thoughtful review of her father’s watercolor Scout. I love hearing her perspective as she walks through and discovers the features of the Scout, after watching Walter’s walkthrough video. Enjoy!

    Press: The Scout Plein Air Box – Youtube Reviews by Becky Tregear Art

    Becky Tregear Art shared this wonderful video of her father painting en plei...

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    “Margo is joined by Margaux Kent, Co-Founder of Peg and Awl. Margaux and her husband Walter created Peg and Awl without a plan but rather a fortunate pairing of two minds, different but in sync. Together with a team they create from olde things, treasures found and recovered from misfortune and neglect, relics of the unusual, the confused and the macabre, cut and pulled and built into wearable curiosities, inscribable keepsakes and usable, long-lasting treasures.” – View on Window Chats

     

    “Margo is joined by Margaux Kent, Co-Founder of Peg and Awl. Margaux and her husband Walter created Peg and Awl without a plan but rather a fortunate pairing of two minds, different but in sync. Together with a team they create from olde things, treasures found and recovered from misfortune and neglect, relics of the unusual, the confused and the macabre, cut and pulled and built into wearable curiosities, inscribable keepsakes and usable, long-lasting treasures.”
    – View on Window Chats

    Episode 121: Designing and Making Useful Treasures That Inspire Creative Living With Margaux Kent of Peg and Awl


    Margo and I discuss discovery, poetry, and all sorts of making; we also talk about the beginnings of Peg and Awl, the importance of promoting oneself and keeping everything in house, and more. But listen for yourself! I do blather a lot, but, erm, practice shall improve the ongoingness in time!

     

    Press: Windowsill Chats with Margo Tantau, Featuring Margaux Kent of Peg and Awl

      “Margo is joined by Margaux Kent, Co-Founder of Peg and Awl. Marga...

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  • Have a wander through our collection of bags and pouches made with homespun linen, a delightful variety of quilt blocks — these are much older and remind me of my childhood. There are also 1960s hardware store aprons, feedsacks, and 1930s dressmakers cotton, along with some of our favourite scraps of scraps, with which we made a variety of littles. Some of the bags are made with our classic waxed canvas colours, and others with our limited Autumn canvas colours – so many hoorahs!

    Small pouch bags with zipper handmade with waxed canvas and reclaimed vintage fabric

    Small pouch bags with zipper handmade with waxed canvas and reclaimed vintage fabric

    Each new Of a Kind collection allows us to dig around and find treasures within treasures. Every discovery holds a bit of the past, and the story and marks accumulated. They are a joy to put together and harken back to the best part of our origin story – the gathering of old things and the reimagining and reworking of them into once again useful objects.

    We have a handful of journals covered with Antique Leather Postcards!
    We have a selection of crossbody bags made with our limited canvas colors and vintage textiles!


    Our Springy 2023 Of a Kind Collection!

    Happy Spring! We are getting outside, digging in the dirt, and being surprised again at the bounty of colour, texture, and wonder of the season.

    This Spring collection has a different color palette than we are used to here – a Spring of the past, which is familiar, but also a palette of Peg and Awl’s past. As we are working through the layers of the shop, we are finding so many good treasures once buried, like the beloved Antique Leather postcards. We have an abundance of small treasures, as well as some particularly special bags and colour arrangements!

    Have a wander through our collection of bags and pouches made with homespun linen, a delightful variety of quilt blocks – these are much older and remind me of my childhood. There are also 1960s hardware store aprons, feedsacks, and 1930s dressmakers cotton, along with some of our favourite scraps of scraps, with which we made a variety of littles. Some of the bags are made with our classic waxed canvas colours, and others with our limited Autumn canvas colours – so many hoorahs!

    Alt Sketchbook: International Dial Co.
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    We have a few blue Watch Part tins in stock – they are nearly 100 years old and have varying degrees of rust and marks of past lives. Each tin comes with 100 sheets of Fabriano Watercolor Paper, cut to size!

    My Non-Dominant Hand 100 Day Project from Last Year

    We don’t have many of these tins, and we are always looking for more, but in the meantime – grab your favourite tin, cut your favourite paper and voilà! Here is our short video on cutting your own paper.

      

    Crossbody Bags made with Vintage Textiles!
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    iew in Our Shop 

    The more I return to the same flea market, the more I know where to look and find treasures in overlooked corners. These feed and sugar sacks, tool belts, and homespun make magical fun of our classic bags!

    Mini Tote with Vintage Homespun German Pillow Sham: Francis
    Standard Tote with Vintage Feedsack: Laurel
    Mini Tote with Vintage Hardware Store Canvas Half Apron: Moose
    Heavy homespun German pillow sham transformed into a Classic Tote lined with Fog.
    Classic Tote with Vintage Feedsack: Heidi
    For those city dwellers, travelers and others wanting more security, the Totes have a separating zipper that tucks neatly in the bag when not needed.
    Mini Tote with Vintage Sugar Sack: Sugar No. 2
    Mini Tote with Vintage Sugar Sack: Sugar No. 1

    Pouches made with Vintage Textiles!
    View in Our Shop

    We’ve been finding so many gorgeous textiles at Flea Markets lately that we must tame the scale of each collection. We’ve transformed the gathering of patchwork and scrap into useful pouches, giving them new life.

    These pouches are perfect for littles that need organizing. As for me, I recently used mine to gather some Persimmon seeds from the wild! They’re hard to be without and you can never have too many!

    These patchwork quilts appear to have been made by two, now three, sets of hands. The small squares were first hand-stitched – they were next put together with a machine, then waiting for me to scoop them up and have Tori make them into pouches with waxed canvas lining and backing.

    *Custom Pouch Sizes in this Collection: We have 7 pouch sizes in our Peg and Awl catalog, but when we find a quilt block or scrap that is perfect as is, we make the pouch match its size!

    Custom Pouch with Vintage Quilt Blocks: Peecha
    Custom Pouch with Antique Hand-Stitched Quilt Block: Cass
    Custom Pouch with Antique Hand-Stitched Quilt Block: Maeve
    The greens are lined with our Fog waxed canvas!
    Custom Pouch with Antique Hand-Stitched Quilt Block: Morley
    Custom Pouch with Antique Hand-Stitched Quilt Block: Lucia
    Custom Pouch with Vintage Quilt Blocks: Elke
    Spender Pouch with Vintage Feedsack: Maude

     

    Alternative Sketchbook: Chartreuse Watch Parts Tin!
    View in Our Shop

    I couldn’t resist this colour and the mini size. Tuck it in your Sendak and come what may! The smallness makes painting ever-accessible, and the shape makes a good painting feel complete!



    Antique Postcard Journals!
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    One of a kind Antique Postcard mini journals are back! The cover is made simply, from antique leather postcards which bear incredible old handwriting, postmarks, and on some, a stamp! The insides, as always, are made of hand-stitched Strathmore drawing paper and work wonderfully with a variety of drawing and writing materials.

    Antique Postcard Journal: No. 4
    Antique Postcard Journal: No. 16
    These postcards are covered in handwriting, markings, and sometimes stamps!
    As with all our journals, these are hand-stitched!
    These minis are each one of a kind, covered with a unique postcard!
    These are made with Strathmore drawing paper and work wonderfully with a variety of drawing and writing materials.

     


    The Secret to a Good Flea (Market) Day is a Good Friend! 

    Read the story that celebrates the discovery of some of the treasures in this collection at a Flea Market in the thick of the summer heat!

    Sneak Peak into our Springy 2023 Of a Kind Collection

    Each new Of a Kind collection allows us to dig around and find treasures wit...

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  • Uppercase Magazine’s Art Supplies book is full of delectable art supplies, art, and artists. We were delighted to be invited to be part of the fun and to be in such colourful company, including some long distance friends, makers of supplies we use and love, and others altogether new to us.

    Art Supplies Book by Uppercase Magazine
    Art Supplies Book by Uppercase Magazine


    Art Supplies by Uppercase Magazine
    Find it here!

    Uppercase Magazine’s Art Supplies book is full of delectable art supplies, art, and artists. We were delighted to be invited to be part of the fun and to be in such colourful company, including some long distance friends, makers of supplies we use and love, and others altogether new to us.

    Peg and awl feature in Art supplies book by uppercase magazine

    Jeannine gave each maker so many pages to share our most treasured creations and moments!

    Peg and awl feature in Art supplies book by uppercase magazine
    Peg and awl feature in Art supplies book by uppercase magazine
      


    Greenleaf & Blueberry
    Website

    Jess’s paints are so satisfying! I love painting with them, and, from a maker’s perspective, I appreciate the way the paints fill the vessels so cleanly. They look even better when messy with use!

    greenleaf and blueberry feature in art supplies by uppercase magazine


    Jeanne Oliver
    Website

    jeanne oliver feature in art supplies by uppercase magazine
    jeanne oliver feature in art supplies by uppercase magazine


    Beam Paints
    Website

    I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Anong Beam on the telephone, as well as getting to know her through Instagram and her paints! Her exploratory process is incredibly inspiring, how I’d love to peek into her studio!

    Beam Paints feature in art supplies by uppercase magazine


    Viarco
    Website

    I enjoy Viarco’s water soluble graphite in many forms and always have a few pencils and a tin in my Sendak Artist Roll.

    viarco feature in art supplies by uppercase magazine


    Kremer Pigments
    Website

    Walking into Kremer in NY years ago, changed my life! The film Turner introduced me to pigments on scales for paint making and I vaguely recall the paint making in The Rise and Fall of Silas Lapham. But walking into Kremer unlocked a reality that I was absolutely smitten with – and I’ve been making paints ever since! 

    Kremer Pigments feature in art supplies by uppercase magazine


    La Maison Du Pastel
    Website

    Watching their process of making on Instagram is mesmerizing and strangely, I want to visit and sink my teeth and being into the process. 

    La Maison du Pastel feature in art supplies by uppercase magazine


    Musgrave Pencil Company
    Website

    The endless satisfaction of multiples!

    Musgrave Pencil Company feature in art supplies by uppercase magazine


    Chalk Copenhagen
    Website

    Another scrumptious handmade pastel company. I better get to using mine up so I can try out others! Chalk Copenhagen feature in art supplies by uppercase magazine

    Press: Our Feature in Uppercase Magazine’s Art Supplies Book

    Art Supplies by Uppercase MagazineFind it here! Uppercase Magazine’s Art S...

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  • We designed the Sendak for drawing and writing, and I have used mine for that since 2016. But my recent tumble into clay gave me a reason to choose another colour, and gather some new-to-me tools to fill it!

    Waxed Canvas Utility Roll for Clay and Ceramic Tools

    Waxed Canvas Utility Roll for Clay and Ceramic Tools


    A Ramble About Clay and My New Moss Sendak! 

    We designed the Sendak for drawing and writing, and I have used mine for that since 2016. But my recent tumble into clay gave me a reason to choose another colour, and gather some new-to-me tools to fill it!

    The Cob Studio, a hand-sculpted earthen building with a living roof
    Inside the Cob Studio, a hand-sculpted earthen building with a living roof
    My introduction to clay was inside of this big yellow clay pot!
    Cara Graver’s Cob Studio, a time traveling adventure.


    ‘“Who in the world am I?” Ah, that’s the great puzzle.’

    –from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

    I used to drive around and explore flea markets, find abandoned houses, and take photographs with a heavy Hasselblad that hung around my neck and bruised my chest. I had a car full of props and costumes, and bags for collecting abandoned house treasures like dresses, photographs, and letters. I didn’t count minutes or hours – I just sang and let the wind move through me as I drove. I’d drop off film and wait a week or more to pick it up – the time between was for thinking. Returning to the camera shop for my 12 square prints and negatives filled me with wild anticipation and gratification for the ongoingness.

    This pacing of days somehow became a forgotten, foggy past – until I found clay and Cara’s studio. I began with directions that didn’t lead to the right road in the woods. I wandered amongst tulip poplars in the wintry dimness, looking for an oversized handmade pot, where the ‘open studio’ that I signed up for was about to commence.

    When I found it, everything quieted. The ‘building’ was yellow and otherworldly – out of a book, another time, or imagination. As I do, I wandered around, taking it all in with an abundance of questions and shutter clicks. Inside, there were no corners. Diffused light poured in through reclaimed windows, each a different size and each with a deep windowsill. The wood-burning stove cut the chill in the air – I could have stayed for days.

    I chose a seat, and got to clay-ing.

    After the making was the waiting. As I returned the next week to pick up my fired treasures, I was reminded of the days when I used to drive around and explore flea markets, find abandoned houses, and take photographs with a heavy Hasselblad that hung around my neck and bruised my chest.

    Inside The Cob Studio, a hand-sculpted earthen building with a living roof
    The Cob Studio bathroom, a hand-sculpted earthen building with a living roof
    The wood burning stove kept us all warm and cozy during a bit of a flurry.
    The composting toilet, outside in the cold, was a kind of treat!


    The Sendak Artist Roll

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    We plan to interview artists and makers who use the Sendak, and share their stories and work. Until then, enjoy Darla’s well-worn Sendak that has been accompanying her for 8 years!

     

    all black waxed canvas and leather tool roll filled with ceramics tools

     

    Photograph by Darla Jackson
    All Black Sendak Artist Roll

     

    Stacks of useful, everyday bags handmade with Waxed Canvas and Leather

     

    Sendak Artist Roll
    in Red Maple

    I love this little treasure spot in our City Workshop – soon to be the home of someone new as we move our workshop to the Barn here at the Five Acre Wood!

    sendak artist roll made with limited red waxed canvas, filled with writing supplies
    sendak artist roll made out of red waxed canvas with vegetable-tanned leather strap
    Photograph by Catharine Mi-Sook
    We are nearing the end of our adored, but limited, Red Maple Sendaks!

    And, of course, our classic colours are here to stay!

     

    sendak mini artist rolls in a rainbow of waxed canvas colors

    The Mini Sendak Artist Roll

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    “The Sendak Mini Artist Roll is attractive, functional, clever, rugged, and very well made. My wife was thrilled with it and immediately stocked it with with an array of items for impromptu sketching and watercolor painting while out adventuring. It holds a good number of pens, pencils, brushes, erasers, watercolors, tubes, etc. This is our third Peg & Awl purchase and we have been delighted each time. These items are obviously made to last, to be used and cherished for many years as they get more and more attractive with the patina of age. They are very well made and definitely worth every penny! Thank you for making such great products.” ​–Matt C.

    Shop the Sendak Mini Artist Roll

    waxed canvas mini sendak utility roll for crochet supplies and needles
    waxed canvas mini sendak utility roll for knitting supplies and needles
    Photograph by Maryse M.
    Almond Mini Sendak for Crocheters
    Photograph by Alice O.
    Slate Mini Sendak for Knitters

    We love to see how you fill your Sendaks!
    These two photographs are from reviews – we so appreciate little glimpses into your worlds...

     


    Inside the Sendak...

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    Easy DIY bookbinding kit on a wooden desk
    wooden paint palette on wooden desk with pen rests and vintage dip pen
    4” Anselm Bookbinding Kit
    Tilda Painter’s Palette
    Thin Paper Sketchbook fitting into the back pocket of waxed canvas artist roll
    Brush rest trio made from reclaimed American chestnut with vintage dip pen
    Orra Portrait Sketchbook
    Brush Rest Trio


    Watch our Walkthrough of the Sendak Artist Roll!

    We’ve watched all of the YouTube reviews of our Sendak (thank you!) and have made our own video to answer some questions and share our experiences.

    Blog: Our Sendak Walkthrough

    Our Of a Kinds!

    We have some treasures left from our past Of a Kind collections!

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    A Rural Pen Ink
    Essential Pouch with 1800s Dressmaker’s Fabric: Sylvia
    Standard Tote with Feedsack: Winnie
    Foundlings Original Art: Solidago
    Essential Pouch with 1930s Textile Adlai
    Small Hunter with 1800s Quilt Block: Bonnie

    Everywhere, Astonishments!

    #100dayproject: Read More on Substack – I Heard A Hawk Today

    Snowdrops! They arrived a little early here – these small wonders are always a treasure to happen upon!
    Søren’s 100 Days of Tiny Worlds is starting off strong. Here is Day 2.
    ​@sorenscoutkent

    Oh, the Ways to Fill a Sendak Artist Roll!

    A Ramble About Clay and My New Moss Sendak!  We designed the Sendak for dra...

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